The conflict has meant that Libya’s industrial hazards are not being addressed.
Abu Kammash was run into the ground before being abandoned by the state in 2010. Locals say its legacy is poison, disease and suffering. Due to ongoing war and instability, and the lack of expertise to decommission the site, next to nothing has been done to contain the aftermath. Poisons such as mercury and cadmium continue to leech into the environment and, as decay sets in, locals say the effects are worsening.